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Gamache at work on the memorial plaque. 

"I don't see many 

pouticans today 

spending much, if any, 

time at all 

on the boxcars chatting 

with the drifters, 

or talking to the homeless. 

The more one 

finds out about stout, 

the more interesting 

he becomes." 

- Alan Gamache 

Gamache "on the move" in new medium 

AlanGamacheknows that many people 
still have him cast as a sculptor. An 
Attleboro, Mass. native, Gamache is a 
graduate of Rhode Island School of De- 
sign and Tulane University. His sculp- 
tures have appeared in more than a 
dozen exhibitions in six states and 
Washington, D.C. The list of commis- 
sions and awards for his work includes 
the Allied Artists of America Silver 
Medal of Honor and the Chaim Gross 
Foundation Award. 

His transition to pastels came at a 
turbulent time in his life. He was work- 
ing on several scultures, and none of 
them were going well. A faculty show 
loomed, and he had nothing to display. 

Each day he'd make images on paper 
that reflected what he was feeling or 
what was happening in his life. Eventu- 
ally he put them up on a wall, and 
examined them as a series. 

"I never intended to show them to 
anyone," he said. "They were just these 

coloring book journals taped on the 

The vivid memory of an incident 
with his daughter changed his mind. 
When his daughter was about four, she 
explained that a painting she had done 
was about oysters, and talked at great 

That night he brought the painting to 
her and asked her to again tell him 
about it. This time the painting was 
about buffalos, and she talked at great 
length about buffalos. 

"So the painting was a repository of 
images and meanings, and those im- 
ages and meanings could change," 
Gamache said. 

The memory prompted him to dis- 
play the drawings at the faculty art 
show. He has been working in pastels 
since then, and still marvels at how 
different the mediums are. 

"Even the quickness of it," he said. 
"Sculpture tends to be a very long, 

drawn out process. It requires a set posi- 
tion because it is such a long drawn out 

Pastels capture a moment, then move 
on. Gamache likened the work to being 
"on a move and placing things down on 
the move." 

"People say, 'What's the meaning of 
this?' The problem with that question is 
that ifs such a terribly reductive ques- 
tion," Gamache said. "Some things are 
not reductable. What does it mean? It 
means I was alive." 

Gamache said there was some com- 
fort in returning to sculpture, but he 
plans to continue to work in pastels. 

"It's like seeing somebody you 
haven'tseen for lOyears, a good friend," 
he said. "You've been pa rted,and you're 
happy to see each other again. But after 
you've had your cup of coffee or your 
beer together, you go back to life as 

Stout Magazine • spring 1991 

Weighty Matters 

When first lady Barbara Bush referred to 
herself as a "nice,fat grandmother/' many 
older Americans sighed with relief and 
decided the extra pounds they were 
carrying were not such a worry. And 
that's true — some of the time. 

'It's perfectly all right to weigh more 
when one is 50 than when one is 20," 
Anita Wilson, a UW-Stout food and nu- 
show that an elderly person who is a little 
overweight will live longer than the 
person who is underweight." 

But the key phrase is "most of the 
studies/' Wilson said. After a flurry of 
research on nutrition, professionals who 
work with the elderly can make a few 
general statements about the group. 

"The elderly are more heterogeneous 
as a group than any other," Wilson said. 
"The older you get, the more unlike ev- 
erybody else in your peer group you 
become. You're affected by everything 
that's happened to you, and what's 
happened to you hasn't happened to 
everybody else. 

The strict policies of research also limit 
the generalizations researchers canmake. 
For example, in the studies on the rela- 
tionships between weight and health, it 
could be that the underweight people 
were thinner because of some disease or 
condition that could lead to an earlier 
death. The studies would then be less 
reliable, Wilson said. 

"We really don't know whether it 
means that the person who has a little 
more weight has something to use when 
they get sick," she said. 

Sometimes a few extra pounds are 
good, Wilsonsaid. Extra weight can serve 
as insulationfor elderly people, who may 
get cold easier than younger people. 
While women with big bones may look 
heavy, their bone mass is protection 
against osteoporosis, a condition that 
leads to weak and brittle bones. 

Other elderly people would benefit 
from maintaining a more slender profile, 
Wilson said. People who have arthritis 
will find that extra weight translates into 

"You're not as active, 

so you need less food. 

You've got to eat 

a little less every decade 

to maintain your weight. 

What it means is that where 

they have to cut down is in 

foods that have only calories, 

which tend to be 
sweets, alcohol, fried foods, 


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extra strain on their joints, and more 
pain. Medical experts usually advise eld- 
erly with a history of heart disease to 
keep their weight down. 

There are even "better" and "worse" 
ways of being overweight. 

"You can be a pear, or you can be an 
apple," Wilson said. "A pear is better. 
You put the weight on your hips, and 
that's better. In the middle, that places a 
strain on the heart." 

Most studies agree that as people age, 
they usually need to limit their calorie 
intake to maintain the same weight, 
Wilson said. The types of foods they eat 
become more important. 

"You're not as active, so you need less 
food," she said. "You've got to eat a little 
less every decade to maintain your 
weight. What it means is that where they 
have to cut down is in foods that have 
only calories, which tend to be sweets, 
alcohol, fried foods, and so on." 

But if s not clear how nutritional needs 
change as people move through their 

retirement years. Each decade the Na- 
tional Research Council releases the rec- 
ommended dietary allowances for vari- 
ous groups. The council had hoped to 
provide new guidelines for older people 
inits latest version, Wilsonsaid, butthere 
was not enough information available to 
make revisions. 

"So the 51 and older requirements are 
just the same," she said. "But you know 
very well thattherequirementsaren'tthe 
same for somebody at 65 and someone 
who is 85. Right now we're saying that 
there probably are changes, but we don't 
are." Wilson, who also works with 
graduate students' research, said studies 
on nutrition for the elderly will continue, 
especially as the population of older 
Americans increases. In addition to 
things as how the sense of taste changes 
as people age, and how to make foods 
easier to swallow. 

Spring 1991 • Stout Magazine 

Kids Demand Different Diets 

When it comes to children's nutrition, 
moms may not always know best, ac- 
cording to Monica Dixon, an instructor 
in UW-Stouf s department of food and 
nutrition. Dixon, a registered dietitian, 
said parents often unknowingly per- 
petuate myths about children's dietary 

"The main thing is that children and 
adults eat differently," Dixon said. "Chil- 
dren need the same nutrients as adults, 
but in different amounts." 

Parents can use childrens' ages as a 
guide for how much they should expect 
them to eat. A general rule of thumb is 
that a child can be expected to eat one 
tablespoon of a type of food per year of 
be appropriate for a one-year-old. Four 
tablespoons of mashed potatoes would 
be appropriate for a four-year-old. 

"A lot of parents serve their children 
nearly adult-sized portions and expect 
them to clear their plates," Dixon said. 
"Think about a tablespoon each of four 
kinds of food for a one-year-old. That 
doesn't look like very much on a plate, so 
parents may tend to give more." 

But children have smaller tummies 
than adults, Dixon said. Giving a child an 
eight-ounce bottle of apple juice is the 
equivalent of expecting an adult to drink 
a gallon. At those levels of intake, the 
child and the adult would probably feel 
bloated and cranky. 

As adults have become concerned 
about their cholesterol levels, there has 
been a trend toward also lowering the fat 
in children's diets, Dixon said. 

"It's doing children a world of harm," 
she said. "Children under the age of two 
musthavefatandcholesterolin their diet 
for brain and nervous system develop- 

The American Academy of Pediatrics 
recommends that children younger than 
two receive whole milk, she said. 

"When they're drinking skim or low 
fat milk, they're getting a lot of water 
without the nutrients they need for brain 
development," she said. 

"The main thing 
is that children 

and adults 

eat differently. 

Children need 

the same nutrients 

as adults, 

but in different amounts." 

- Monica Dixon 

By age 5, children need less fat in their 
diets, and dental health becomes a con- 
cern. Research on tooth decay shows that 
a seemingly healthy snack like raisins 
can do mare harm than gelatin or soda, 
Dixon said. If children eat sticky foods, 
try to serve them as a part of a meal, she 

Children develop many of thier atti- 
tudes toward foods between the ages of 
5 and 9. It's a time when parents need to 
promote healthy eating habits, Dixon 
said. Thatincludes encouraging shildren 
to eat low-fat, low-sugar foods, and get 
daily exercise. 

"That's an important age in the 
Children may become more sedentary, 
as homework and computers become 
more important than playing tag. 

As children grow they develop food 
preferences . Sometimes they demand the 
same type of food again and again, mak- 
ing parents worry about whether or not 
their children are getting all the nutrients 
they need. Dixon said that over a week or 
month, what children eat tends to bal- 
ance out, and parents need not be so 
concerned about occasional skipped 

meals or indulgences. 

"Some parents may interpret that to 
be so much baloney, because if they al- 
lowed their children to eat whatever they 
wanted to, they would fill up on candy," 
Dixon said. "If s the parents' responsibil- 
ity to provide healthy choices. The chil- 
dren make the decision of what to eat 
based on those healthy choices." Fruit, 
stringcheeseand vegetables are examples 
of healthy alternatives parents can offer 
children. Parents can make an every day 
food like bread more appealing by cut- 
ting it into interesting shapes. 

Concern over erratic eating habits 
prompts many parents to provide their 
children with vitamin supplements. 
Dixon said supplements are an unneces- 
sary expense, unless prescribed by a 

One of the more common myths is 
that children can be bribed, cajoled or 
threatened into developing good eating 

"Children will usually backlash. They 
said. "Children will eat when they're 

Stout Magazine • Spring 1991 

Rethinking Retirement 

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For the first time, most Americans are 
retiring from their jobs into unstructured 
leisure — and many are not satisfied. 

Dave Corthell, the editor of a book on 
the implications of aging in America, 
said the custom of retiring at age 65 is 
relatively new. Past generations contin- 
ued working in their later years, perhaps 
changing occupations as they aged. In 
1900, four of six older men worked; by 
the 1980s, that had decreased to one in 

"There is a myth that older people do 
not wish to work," Corthell, a UW-Stout 
vocational rehabilitation professor, said. 
Corthell also directs training of vocational 
rehabilitation practitioners through the 
university's Research and Training Cen- 

"Today many older people feel the 
need to work to fill long periods of time, 
to supplement their income," he said. 
"They enjoy the socialization of being 
part of a work group. Forty percent or 
more of that older group want to main- 
tain at least part-time work." 

Stereotypes about aging may cause 
someolderpeopleto underestimate their 
own abilities, and may discourage em- 
ployers from hiring retirees. The results 
of research on aging dispel many of the 

Corthell said only 20 to 30 percent of 
older people in the United States will 
ever live in a nursing home. According to 
a 1987 National Center for Health Statis- 
tics survey, 77 percent of older Ameri- 
cans living in the community have no 
limitations in daily life activities. Corthell 
said that studies indicate that if people 
remain active, their intellectual function- 
ing can remain constant into the 80s, with 
little memory decline. Employees age 55 
and older statistically have fewer job re- 
lated accidents than younger employees, 
and insurance costs may be the same, as 
older employees have fewer or no de- 

"They are the people who made this 
country what it is," Corthell said. "This is 
a generation that has survived world 

"Today many older people feel the need to work 

to fill long periods of time, to supplement their income. 

They enjoy the socialization of being part of a work group. 

Forty percent or more of that older group 

want to maintain at least part-time work." 

- Dave Corthell 

war, a depression, plagues, tremendous 
change. They have a work ethic that is 
rapidly disappearing." 

And if projections are correct, it is a 
group of workers the United States will 
need by the year 2000, Corthell said. The 
number of 16 to 25-year-olds entering the 
workforce is decreasing, leading many to 
predict a labor shortage. At the same 
time, the percentage of older people in 

the population will increase. Older per- 
sons are expected to represent about 13 
percent of the nation's population by 
2000, and about 22 percent of the nation's 
population by 2030, or about one out of 
every five Americans. 

"We know the work force is going to 
need these very highly trained and edu- 
cated people," Corthell said. 

Spring 1991 • Stout Magazine 

Managing Conflicts 

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Conflict, argument, fight — the words alone are enough to 
make most people uncomforatable. Yet three UW-Stout in- 
structors emphasize that conflict is a natural part of life, and 
that it does not have to be harmful. 

"Conflict is an outcome of two things," Don Baughman, an 
instructor in the psychology department, said. "Number one, 
that there's a lot of difference or uniqueness in the world, and 
two, that things constantly change." 

Baughman offers seminars in conflict management. He said 
people can use conflict as a means to inflict pain, or as a way to 
understand and appreciate others. 

"Each moment is a choice point," Baughman said. What are 
you going to choose to do?" 

Without the heat of the argument to propel them, most 
people would say they want to minimize the harmful effects of 
conflict. Baughman suggests a three step approach that sounds 
easy but is difficult for even patient, loving people: treat the 
other person with respect, listen until you experience the other 
side of the conflict, and then state your view — but only after 
you've completed the first two steps. 

"And of course thaf s the last thing we want to do when 
we're in a good conflict," Baughman said. "I want to prove that 
you're wrong. I want to prove that my idea is better." 

Treating other people with respect means that you accept 
that their needs are as important as yours. It requires that you 
enter the conflict ready to listen to the other person's point of 
view.Italso means thatyouputahighervalueontherelationship 
than "winning" the conflict, Baughman said. 

Nancy Van Beest and Anne Frantz-Cook, instructors in the 
department of human development, family living and com- 
munity educational services, share many of Baughman's 
thoughts on conflict resolution. Van Beest said even if you 
"win" the conflict, you lose in the long run if you sacrifice the 

"It's destructive to how we appear to other people," she 
said. Wefeelbad aboutitlater. Wefeelguilty. We open ourselves 
to beingre-attacked. I can't imagine anything worse thanbeing 
in an on-going, long standing conflict with a person or organi- 

Mamtaining respect makes it easier to complete the second 
step in this plan for conflict resolution — listening to the other 

"The numb er one step in good communication and resolving 
conflict is one word: listen," Van Beest said. "We have to listen 
to each other's points of view and feelings." 

To make sure you understand correctly, try repeating the 
other person's position, Frantz-Cook suggested. 

"It's almost like a series of approximations, sometimes, to 
trytogetatwhaf s really the root of the conflict," shesaid. "You 
start with reflecting what you just heard, at the most obvious 
level, and then check it out." 

"The number one step in . . . resolving conflict 

is one word: listen. We have to listen 
to each other's points of viewand feelings." 
- Nancy Van Beest 

Repeating what you've heard gives the other person a 
chance to confirm or change the message. The hope is that 
eventuaUyboth parties will knowthe true source of the conflict, 
Frantz-Cook said. 

Only when you understand the other point of view should 
you offer your side, Baughman said. 

Setting a time to bring conflict out in the open may change 
the nature of the meeting from a confrontation to a discussion. 
Both parties agree to meet at a certain time to talk about the 

"Family meetings can serve that same purpose," Frantz- 
Cook said. "If there is a time for family members to sit down 
and have a meeting, then it becomes understood that if s a time 
when people bring their issues up for some resolution." 

Baughman said he believes the approach would also be 
appropriate on a larger level. 'The view I take is that the 
processes are the same whether you're talking about inter- 
personal conflict or bigger systems, community conflicts, po- 
litical conflicts, or whatever," he said. I think that the processes 
for hearling conflict are going to be similar on any system 

Baughman admits that it is often hard to use the concepts in 
personal confrontations, let alone worldwide problems. Even 
the most thoughtful people may forget the processs in the heat 
of an argument, Frantz-Cook said. 

"This is a skill," Van Beest said. "It's like learning to play 
tennis or driving a car. It takes practice." 

Stout magazine • Spring 1991 

Gender Gap is Still Wide 

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Females are in industrial arts courses. Males take home eco- 
nomics classes. Girls have more opportunities in sports. Boys 
can play with dolls. But two authorities in gender issues from 
UW-Stout warn that beyond those gains, children are still 
being treated inequitably based on gender. 

"Sure, maybe we aren't doing the more overt and dreadful 
things anymore, but the little things add up," Sheri Nero, a 
sociology instructor and director of women's studies, said. 

The differing treatment begins early. Studies show that 
people viewing babies in a hospital nursery interpreted the 
children's character differently depending on whether the 
child was covered with a blue or pink blanket, Nero said. 

"We've got those kinds of expectations so built into us that 
we don't even realize how we are making prophesies and 
making sure they happen," Nero said. 

Even in homes where parents are concerned about equality, 
boys and girls are often treated differently, according to Bob 
Salt, an instructor in the department of human development, 
family living and community educational services. 

"Boys are not touched as much or as affectionately as little 
girls," he said. "As boys get older, especially by the time they 
get to pre-adolescence, they have really gotten to the point of 
stopping being nurturing." 

Children who watch television receive even more messages 
about the differences between men and women. 

"More than 100 million Americans watch the Super Bowl, 
which is a bunch of big, strong men who run up and down the 
field with lots of equipment on to protect their bodies, and hit 
each other," Salt said. "And the women are cheerleaders, 
standing on the side saying 'rah.'" 

Research indicates that television portrays men as the cause 
or victim of violence more often than women. For every 
woman who who is "killed" on a television show, 700 men 
"die," Salt said. 

"These are the images kids see as they're growing up, even 
if their father cooks and their mother works out of the home," 
Salt said. "The power of the broader culture is very large." 

Children spend many of their waking hours in school, 
where even the most careful teachers may slip into patterns 
that promote unequal treatment, Nero said. Researchers have 
videotaped instructors, coded their actions, and found that 
boys are getting most of the attention in schools. 

"They're getting most of the praise," Nero said. "They're 
getting most of the criticism. They've looked at college class- 
rooms and boys get called on more often. They get more eye 
contact. They're known by name more. All these very subtle 
kinds of things year after year build up to make very different 
kinds of people based on gender." 

Researchers tracked a group of male and female valedicto- 
rians through college. At the start of the four years, an equal 
number of males and females considered themselves intelli- 



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gent, Nero said. By the end of the four years, only slightly fewer 
of the males still held that self-image. None of the women did. 

"All these subtle things accumulated so that within four 
years this very intelligent group of females had lost that self 
confidence, that self image," Nero said. "In a work place, if that 
kind of thing continues year after year, the woman's self 
confidence, self esteem and career goals will be less." 

Salt believes that the differences in how boys and girls are 
raised also hurts men. 

'To grow up learning to disassociate your feelings from 
your actions is a terrible way to live life," he said. "It says that 
the man has to become alienated from himself in order to 
survive in this culture. Go out on the football field and hurt 
yourself and disregard the pain so your team can win. Go to 
work and disassociate yourself from your family, your oppor- 
tunity for nurturance, because you're expected to be the pri- 
mary bread winner for the family." 

Salt said he believes that because men do not have the same 
opportunities to nurture or be nurtured, their mental and 
physical health suffers. The life expectancy of men is shorter 
than that of women, Salt said. Men are committed to mental 
institutions more than women are. Men are more likely to be 
hospitalized for longer periods of time than women. Although 
more women attempt suicide, more men succeed. 

Salt asks his students about the equality in their homes . They 
tell him that their fathers still do most of the driving on trips. 
Few have seen their fathers cry. Females say they still wait for 
the males to ask them out, and expect their dates to initiate the 
first physical contact, he said. 

"Behaviorally there ends up being a lot of truth to the 
stereotypes because society is reinforcing those images for each 
little boy and girl growing up," Salt said. "And to be liked or 
loved each of us makes a choice of some degree of adapting to 
whatever it is that society wants us to do." 

Spring 1991 • Stout magazine 

View From Mop 


he tower has intrigued students since it was constructed in 1897. In 
an age when authorities were less concerned about liability, the 
entrance remained unlocked. Students crossed what was once a 
basketball court and later a rifle range, and scrambled upstairs — 
sometimes in the dark. Today visitors need a key-canying escort to 
gain access to the tower. 

Stout magazine • spring 1991 


bepins on the fourth floor. 

the far corner of a conference room. The 
first flight of 30 steps is so steep it leaves 
weekend athletes with aching calf 

A microwave dish crowds the first 
platform, a surprising piece of technol- 
ogy in such a historic setting. Another 34 
steps — nearly straight up — leads to the 
clock level. It's a little bit like being in 
Alice's Wonderland: light streams 
through the reversed face and the clock 
slowly runs backwards. Ancient gears 
mesh and growl as they keep track of 

The final 25 steps up a metal ladder 
bring visitors to the top, where the wind 
blows freely through the tower. Wire 
mesh across the openings keeps out pi- 
geons; it makes the aerie feel somewhat 
more secure. In spots, the ancient floor, 
however, has a disconcerting "give" to it. 
Even at that height, ornate carvings cap 
the stone support pillars of the tower. 

Holding court on the top floor is a 
7,000-pound bell, cast by the Centennial 
Bell Foundry — Gardner, Campbell and 
Sons of Milwaukee, in 1897, and trans- 
ported by rail to Menomonie. A water- 
powered striking mechanism originally 

sounded the bell. By 1914, parts of the 
mechanism had worn out and were re- 
moved. Atradition developed of ringing 
the bell with hammers to proclaim foot- 
ball victories. The hammer marks are 
easy to see, as is the crack on the west side 
caused by one student's zealous swing. 
While the tradition continued, students 
who later struck the bell were rewarded 
with only a dull thud. 

Inside the bell are many signatures of 
those who have visited the tower. The 
university has no record of Dennis Gulner, 
who signed the bell in 1927. Shorty 
Spreiter, '39, autographed the bellin 1936. 
He and Dorothy (Vaaler), '39 live in Cali- 

fornia. Pat Murphy must have been a 
freshman when he signed his name in 
1936; he became a star athlete and was 
inducted into the Hall of Fame. He's now 
in Massachusetts. 

Keil Blank, now of Whitehall, Wiscon- 
sin, added his name in 1938, the year he 
graduated. He recalls several trips up the 
tower. "Just nosey, I guess," he said. But 
visit to see if he could fix the broken 
ringing mechanism. 

Don Rhead put his signature on the 
bell a decade later, when the country was 
rallying after the Great Depression and 
World War II. Donovan Rhead, '50, now 



living in Michigan, admitted in a tone of 
regret that he had never climbed the 
tower. But his cousin — Donald Rhead, 
living in Iowa — -probably had, since he 
"got to do everything/' he said. Donald 
attended Stout Institute in the late 40s 
and early 50s and played football. He 
remembered going through the athletic 
courts and climbing the tower — justtobe 
able to say he'd done it. "Who could 
forget the tower?" he said. 

James Springer, '67, now in Pennsyl- 
vania, signed the bell while working to 
help finance his education. "The only 
reason I went up there was for mainte- 
nance reasons," he said. "Well, maybe I 

was somewhat nosey, too." The stairwell 
was used for storage. Springer remembers 
looking through items from an early 
World's Fair exhibit, a loom and other 
old equipment. Rotting floorboards in 
the platforms made him pause in his 
climb to the top. Once there, he tried to 
ring the old bell with a piece of lumber. 
Not all visitors to the tower left their 
names; many found other ways to leave 
their mark. When former President Wil- 
liam J. Micheels was a freshman in 1928, 
one of his classmates affixed a green flag 
to the weather vane. Micheels was among 
the group that stayed up all night to 
defend the class' mark. Anonymous 

Top left: Bowman Hall, showing the lighted 
"S" which zvas removed by pranksters in 
1969. Center. The silent bell presides over a 
panoramic view of the area. Top right: Signa- 
tures of visitors over the years can be found- 
inside the bell; note the broken ringing mecha- 
nism in foreground. Bottom left: View from 
the tower of south Menomonie, circa 1904. 
Bottom right: The same view today. 

pranksters gained access to the tower in 
969 and removed the lighted "S" from 
outside of the third floor. On Halloween 
that year someone decorated the weather 
vane with a pumpkin. 

About that same time, the City of 
Menomonie proposed extending Wilson 
Street westward, which would have re- 
quired the demolition of Bowman Hall, 
and possibly the tower. Students, faculty, 
alumni and townspeople protested. In- 
stead of demolition, Bowman Hall • — 
which cost $70,000 to construct — un- 
derwenta$2.1 million renovation in 1981. 
The view from the tower changed 
considerably as the the campus and city 
grew. Yet one of the draws of the tower is 
the same today as it was more than 90 
years ago. There's a certain delight in 
looking down on teachers and adminis- 
trators and, undetected, watching them 
bustle about campus. 

Stout magazine • Spring 1991 

Making News 

Grads report good news 

For the fifth consecutive year, UW-Stout 
graduates enjoyed a placement rate of 
more than 94 percent, according to the 
university's annual placement report. 

The report covers December 1989 and 
May and August 1990 graduating 
classes. "Despite a slight downturn in 
the economy in the spring of 1990, this 
class of graduates fared very well," said 
Robert Dahlke, director of Career Ser- 
vices and author of the report. 

"When the graduates reported their 
status, 94.8 percent were employed or 
continuing their education," he said. He 
added that 16 of the 39 programs or 
concentrations offered by UW-Stout 
listed a placement rate of 100 percent. 

Dahlke noted that during the past 
five years, placement ranged from a 
high of 96.6 percent in 1987 and 1989 to 
this year's rate. 

Dahlke said that the average salary 
for UW-Stout graduates was $22,213, an 
increase of about $1,000 from last year. 
"Higher salaries are found in the applied 
math and manufacturing related pro- 
grams," Dahlke said. He also pointed 
out that among those listed as "em- 
ployed," only 4 percent were working 
in fields unrelated to their majors. 

Dahlke said graduates were able to 
beat a somewhat downward economic 
trend because of the kind of education 
offered by the university. For example, 
most UW-Stout students combine their 
studies with work-related experience. 

'With the continued soft, somewhat 
uncertain economy, the value of related 
work experience through programs such 
as co-op (education) is very important," 
Dahlke said. Co-op education involves 
students earning academic credit while 
working in paid positions related to 
their majors. 

Dahlke said that while earlier place- 
ment statistics were compiled in a dif- 
ferent manner, there are indications that 
high placement rates were the norm 
throughout most of Stout's history. "In 
the past two decades, records indicate 
more than 90 percent placement in 17 of 
20 years," Dahlke said. "The combina- 
tion of a strong liberal studies founda- 
tion with technical and special studies 
in on- and off-campus laboratories still 
proves to be a sound educational phi- 
losophy and one that's right for gradu- 
ates and employers." 

Dahlke said that there is a trend 
among employers to visit fewer colleges 
and universities to recruit students. 
However, the trend may actually help 
graduates, since many employers are 
still coming to UW-Stout, while cutting 
back on visits to some other institutions. 
"Employers are hiring more graduates 
from fewer places as recruitment costs 
continue to rise," Dahlke said. "This 
bodes well for UW-Stout because of the 
consistently excellent track record 
graduates have with employers." 

Mother and daughter 

April Frelke, the head of student gov- 
ernment at UW-Stout, has her mom as a 

Frelke, 21, is president of the Stout 
Student Association; her mother, Karen 
Miles, 46, enrolled at UW-Stout last fall 
as a freshman pursuing a degree in di- 
etetics. Frelke is a senior majoring in 
psychology, and plans to attend law 
school after she graduates this May. 

"I'll probably graduate from law 
school when mom graduates from col- 
lege," Frelke said. 

Miles commutes from Cornell to at- 
tend classes. She works half- time in the 
foodservice for theNorthern Wisconsin 
Center for the Developmentally Dis- 
abled. She said the hardest thing about 
attending school is finding time to 
complete assignments. 

She's dedicated to her studies how- 
ever, because, for her, classes at UW- 
Stout are the realization of a lifelong 

"It's something I've always wanted 
to do since the kids were small — but 
there were too many of them," Miles 
said, laughing. The seven children are 
now grown, and Miles said, "Now it's 

duo attend UW-Stout 

Miles, Frelke 

my turn." 

At first, Miles said she wasn't sure 
how she should treat her daughter, the 
president of the student body, when 
they met between classes. 

"I didn' t know if I should hug her in 
the hall, or if she'd be embarrassed. 
We've always been a close family," Miles 
said. But Frelke made it clear that at 
home or in the hallway, she expects 

Miles said that few people will make 
the connection between her and Frelke. 
She said she is always aware though, of 
her daughter's role at the university. 

"I'm probably the proudest student 
on campus," she said. 

Cooperative Education 

The university has received funds total- 
ing $287,844 to underwrite its coopera- 
tive education program during the next 
three years through a grant from the 
U.S. Departmentof Education. Thegrant 
is part of Title VIII from the 1965 Higher 
Education Act. 

Funds for the current year total 
$105,244; $96,800 for the second year; 
and $85,800 for the third year. 

Robert Dahlke, director of Career 
Services, explained that cooperative 
education is a strategy that involves 
students in productive work as an ele- 
ment of the student's education. In co- 
operative education, students earn aca- 


demic credit through paid employment 
in the public and private sector, per- 
forming work related to their academic 
or occupational objectives. 

UW-Stout's cooperative education 
program began in the 1982-83 school 
year with eight students. During the 
1989-90 school year, there were 543 
students working at 229 companies. 

This is the second cycle for the 
program's federal funding. Dahlke ex- 
plained that the federal government 
funds such programs for up to five years, 
followed by a "rest period" of at least 
two years. 

Research award recipients selected 

Martin Ondrus, 

chemistry, has been 
named the 1990-91 
Outstanding Re- 
searcher; and Chris- 
tine Ness, Academic 
Computer Center, is 
the recipient of the 
Nelva G. Runnalls 
Research Support Ondrus 
Recognition Award. 

The Outstanding Researcher Award 
is determined by a vote of the graduate 
faculty and other researchers. Ondrus is 
involved in a highly active research pro- 
gram concentrating in national water 
quality and related analytical methods 
for determining ground water contami- 

nation. He is the 
author of many na- 
tional and region-al 
publications and 
Ness was recog- 
||§|1 nized for her sig- 
nificant contribu- 
tion to support re- 
search and scholarly 
activities. Ness has been instrumental 
in educating and assisting students and 
staff with a variety of statistical and 
experimental design problems associ- 
ated with their research activities. Ness 
has also had direct contact with almost 
every graduate student in the last 14 

Tourism journal receives top ranking 


A scholarly journal 
that originated at 
UW-Stout has been 
ranked the top jour- 
nal in the field of 
hospitality and tour- 
ism, according to a 
recent poll. . 

The Journal of B8S1I | » tlfta 
Tourism Studies, Jafari 
now published by the National Centre 
for Studies in Travel and Tourism, re- 
ceived top rankings from questionnaires 

sent to 356 research oriented faculty in 
tourism and hospitality. Respondents 
were asked to rank, in order, five jour- 
nals they perceived to have the highest 
quality. "Annals of Tourism Research" 
received the highest marks. 

The publication was founded in 1973 
by Jafar Jafari, a UW-Stout associate 
professorofhabitational resources, who 
remains its editor-in-chief. Jafari is as- 
sisted by 80 editors from 22 countries. 
The journal now has subscribers in 70 
different countries. 


Olson receives honor 

John Olson, a pro- 
fessor of occupa- 
tional safety and 
health risk control, 
has been named a 
Williamson Fellow 
at the William P. 
Williamson Jr. 
School of Business 
Administration, Olson 
Youngstown State University, Youngs- 
town, Ohio. 

As a Williamson Fellow, Olson will 

mS. M 

deliver a series of lectures at Youngs- 
town State. He will discuss safety, health 
and environmental risk control. 

Olson, who has been at UW-Stout 
for the past 16 years, is also director of 
the university's Loss Control Center and 
a member of the Board of Trustees at the 
Minerva Education Institute, a Cincin- 
nati-based organization dedicated to 
integrating safety, health and environ- 
mental risk control management into 
business school curriculum. 


Spring 1991 • Stout Magazine 

Founding Day speakers praise past, predict future 

Two leaders in higher education re- 
flected on the past and gazed into the .,_, 

, , ,. r ,. ° , ,. ,, "OVER THE YEARS, THIS INSTITUTION 

future during a dinner concluding the 
celebration of Founding Day at Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin-Stout. 

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen de- 
livered an address titled "A Tribute to 
Leadership" and M. James Bensen, 
president of Dunwoody Institute and 
former dean of Industry and Technology 
spoke on "Innovation: The Next 100 

Both men praised the leadership of 
the university's founder, state senator 
James Huff Stout, who provided inspi- 
ration for future progress. 

"Leadership is the one quality needed 
in the 1990s if colleges and universities 
are to truly meet the challenges that we 
face; educating the work force, sensitiz- 
ing men and women to the benefits of 
diversity, providing more and better 
access into higher education," Sorensen 

The chancellor said that although 
little is known about Stouf s personal 
life, he had vision, a characteristic most 
required for leadership. "When he es- 
tablished the Stout Manual Training 
Schools in 1891, he had a clear vision of 
the present and the future," Sorensen 
said. "He knew the needs of a burgeon- 
ing work force in an industrial America 
were not being met by public school 
programs designed around the three 
R's. He knew, too, that his businesses, 
his investments could not be rewarding 
unless an intelligent work force was 





- Charles W. Sorensen 

available. He knew that society would 
be fundamentally weakened without 
improving and providing a better edu- 
cational system." 

Sorensen reminded the audience that 
Sen. Stout viewed manual education as 
an extension of general education, 
rooted in the Greek philosophy that both 
mind and body must be involved in a 
true liberal education. 

"Over the years, this institution has 
done astonishing things," Sorensen said. 
"We have evolved into a very complex, 
highly technical and focused university. 
We are well respected and well known 
throughout the country. We have been 
on the front edge of higher education in 
many ways." 

The chancellornoted thatUW-Stout's 
philosophy of education "is exactly what 
every state university is trying to dupli- 
cate today." But he cautioned that the 
university must continue its commit- 
ment to "educate the entire person," as 

its founder had envisioned. "We must 
provide a well-rounded education to 
each and every one of our students," 
Sorensen said. "We fail when we tilt 
education in one direction or the other. 
We must graduate not only the practi- 
tioner, but the intellectual who is part of 
a larger culture, conversant in the issues 
of the day, conversant with long and 
rich traditions of our nation, of other 
civilizations, and of the world." 

Bensenpointed out thatthe founding 
of what is no w UW-Stout came at a time 
of a great pioneering spirit in this 
country. Although it was founded in 
response to the needs of the time, today's 
needs require an even quicker response, 
Bensen said. "The education at UW- 
Stout today is much more responsive, 
creative, flexible and relevant in order 
to meet the challenges of these times," 
he said. "The innovations in the next 100 
years promise to drive an even faster 
paced and changing society." 






- M. James Bensen 

Bensen predicted that the world of 
the next generation will be developed 
by creative and knowledgeable people 
and that current advances will seem 
"bland and sedate when compared to 
those that will take place in the next 100 
years." Because of this, Bensen predicted 
that education will have to take a 
"proactive rather than reactive role" and 
to do this. 

"The University of Wisconsin-Stout 
started as an experiment, continues in 
remain a vibrant and change-oriented 
institution," Bensen said. "It is one of 
the premier universities in the world in 
taking good theory and putting it to 
solid practice. The future is there for us 
ahead with confidence because it re- 
members that it is in and through its 
talented and dedicated people that it 
makes a difference." 

Live educational programming distributed via satellite 

Putting together a national satellite feed 
has been like assembling a giant puzzle 
for UW-Stout's Teleproduction Center. 
Now with the pieces in place, the uni- 
versity is capable of delivering its edu- 
cational offerings to audiences through- 
out the United States. 

The Teleproduction Center is one of 
only about a half dozen sites in Wis- 
consin capable of delivering live satel- 
lite programming. The center has pro- 
duced eight satellite "uplinks," received 
inmorethan20states. Participants watch 
the programs on television sets hooked 
to satellite receiving dishes, and use the 
telephone to interact with presenters. 

Rosemary Jacobson, the director of 
the Teleproduction Center, said that 
start-up costs for a broadcast facility 
usually would be prohibitive. UW-Stout 
could begin the service because much of 
the equipment and staff was already in 

"We use equipment that's been here 
since 1975, since Channel 28 (public 
television station WHWC) started pro- 
ducing local programming," she said. 
"But when the signal gets to Wheeler, 
instead of being broadcast over channel 
28's tower, it enters the microwave sys- 

The privately owned micro wave path 
generally follows 1-94 to Rubicon, near 
Milwaukee, then to an "uplink" in the 
Chicago area. The uplink is a transmit- 
ter that sends the 
signal to a particu- 
lar spot on a satel- 
lite, called a tran- 
sponder. From the 
transponder the 
signal is transmit- 
ted back to a "foot- 
print," or desig- 
nated area on earth. 

"One thing you 
never want to do in 
this business, is 
dwell on how 
many pieces of 
equipment and 
how many people 
have to do abso- 
lutely everything 

right all at the same time," Jacobson 
said. "If you start thinking about that, 
you're going to get nervous. It is abso- 
lutely astounding what has to work." 

Planning begins months in advance. 
Jacobson reserves time on a satellite, 
and organizers begin publicizing the 
event, creating handout materials, and 

One thing you 







- Rosemary Jacobson 

securing sites where participants will 
view the program. Dave Swan, coordi- 
nator of Projects With Industry, said 
three people worked part time for four 
months to prepare 
a training session 
broadcast last fall. 
Projects With In- 
dustry is one of the 
vocational reha- 
bilitation centers 
housed at the uni- 

As early as a 
week in advance, 
the Teleproduction 
Center staff tests 
the equipment and 
systems, to make 
sure everything is 
Jacobson said. Fi- 
nal checks begin 
about five hours before the broadcast. 
At first glance, the cost of a satellite 
uplink seems prohibitive. Asa work for 
hire agency, the Teleproduction Center 
charges for its services. Program spon- 
sors also must cover the cost of the use 
of the microwave path, transmitting the 
signal from earth to the satellite, and the 

use of the satellite. Because of the vari- 
ous checks, an hour-long program will 
use two or more hours of service from 
those three systems, and can easily cost 

Then there are hidden costs — pro- 
ducing the publicity and handout ma- 
terials, coordinating receiver sites, and 
getting presenters scheduled and to 

"You have to believe thatit's goingto 
be a cost effective way for you to get 
your information out," Jacobson said. 

Despite the work and the expense, 
Swan said the satellite broadcast was a 
practical waytocontactalargeaudience. 
His workshop attracted nearly 1,000 
participants in 28 states, and generated 
revenue. He said traditional methods 
would not have been as effective. 

"No way. We have done this same 
thing locally before and we attracted 
160 people," he said. 

UW-Stout offers highly specialized 
majors, and Jacobson said she believes 
there are "pockets of audiences" across 
the United States that could benefit from 
satellite broadcasts from the school's 
programs. "I think this is just the be- 
ginning," Jacobson said. 



The Sports Page 


Coach Rich Lawrence's Blue Devils 
opened the 1990 season with a bang, 
winning their first two games against 
Mt. Senario College and River Falls, 
before falling to eventual WSUC champs 
Whitewater by a 9-6 margin. The Blue 
Devils picked up the pace after that loss 
though, and put two more wins on the 
board against UW-Superior and UW- 
Stevens Point. 

The Stevens Point game marked a 
turning point in UW-Stout fortunes 
however, as senior quarterback Paul 
Lehmann's season was ended due to a 
collarbone injury. After losing the vet- 
eran signal-caller from Elmwood, Wis., 
the Blue Devils couldn't get back on 
track and lost their final five contests to 
finish with a 4-6 overall record and a 

3-5 conference mark. 

Outstanding individual efforts were 
turned in by second-team NAIA All- 
Amerkan Mike Wilson, a senior defen- 
sive back from Chicago; Mike Lawrence, 
a senior defensive back from 
Menomonie, Wis., who earned Aca- 
demic All-American and honorable 
mention All-American honors; Joe 
Pleshek, a senior wide receiver from 
Shawano, Wis., who was an Academic 
All-American; and Darin Mrachek, a 
junior defensive lineman from Roches- 
ter, Minn., who earned honorable men- 
tion All-American recognition. 

The Blue Devils finished 10th in the 
NAIA pass defense rankings, and were 
ranked in the top 25 nationally early in 
the season. 


Led by sophomore all-conference selec- 
tion Jen Carter, the women's volleyball 
team ended the season on a high note, 
winning the consolation championship 
at the WWIAC tournament. Carter, an 
outside hitter from Monroe, Wis., was 
named to the all-tournament and all- 
conference teams after leading the club 
in kills, hitting percentage and solo 

Head Coach Deb Allyn saw her 
charges forge a 13-18 record overall, and 
a 6-8 league slate. 

Jodi Welke, a sophomore from 
Plainview, Minn., was a national leader 
in service ace average, finishing in the 
top 10 in NCAA Division III. 

With only two seniors and a group of 
talented young players, Allyn is opti- 
mistic about her team's chances in '91. 

Cross Country 

In leagues dominated by national power 
UW-Oshkosh, Coach Steve Terry's 
men's and women's cross country teams 
faced an uphill struggle all year. Each 
team finished eighth in their conference. 
UW-Stout's top finishers were Stephanie 
Blegen, of Anoka, Minn., in 51st place in 
the women's competition, and Mike 
Brunstad, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., in 
68th place in men's competition. 

Heather Beilke, of West Bend, Wis., 
ran well enough to qualify for the NAIA 
national meet, by placing 21st at the 
District 14 championships. 

"This was a rebuilding year for us," 
Terrysaid. "Boththemen'sand women's 
teams were very young, and I think they 
gained some valuable race experience 
and learned what it takes to compete at 
this level." 

Women's tennis 

Stefanie Mott did what no UW-Stout 
woman has done before... win a 
WWIAC singles title. A junior from 
Menomonee Falls, Wis., Mott entered 
the record books with a win at number 
five singles, leading the Blue Devils to a 
fifth-place finish at the conference 

Kim Canavera, of Brookfield, 111., 
earned all-NAIA District 14 honors to 
lead the team to a third-place finish at 
the district championships 

Head Coach Bob Smith said, "This 
was one of the best years ever for our 
women's program. We played a lot of 
good teams and did very well against 
most of them. Our performances in the 
championship tournaments were im- 
pressive too, and that's a tribute to the 
players' hard work." 


Gregg Dean and Todd Watkins helped 
the Blue Devils to a fifth-place finish at 
the WSUC championships by taking 
seventh and eighth respectively, in the 
individual competition. Dean, a 
sophomore from Kewaskum, Wis., shot 
rounds of 76, 80 and 81 to total 237. 
Watkins, a freshman from Menomonie, 
Wis., matched thatscore with rounds of 
75, 80 and 82. 

Dean and Watkins also finished ninth 
and tenth in the NAIA District 14 cham- 
pionship tourney held in conjunction 
with the league championships, earning 
all-district recognition. 

Jim Van Epps, a sophomore from 
Portage, Wis., had the lowest per-round 
average for the Blue Devils this season, 
shooting 81.6 over 10 rounds. 

Women's Basketball 

It was a season of dreams for Coach 
Mark Thomas and his team. A young 
squad, the Blue Devils forged the best 
record in school history and won the 
NAIA District 14 championship to earn 
a berth in the national tournament. 

Julie Maki, who earned all-district and 
all-WWIAC first-team honors, led the 
offensive attack, fueling the team's al- 
most 80-point-per-game scoring aver- 
age. Maki, a sophomore guard from 
Owen, Wis., was among league leaders 
in scoring and assists. 

Emerging stars included junior for- 
ward Terri Tretsven, of Menomonie, 
Wis., who was near the top of theleague 
rankings in rebounding at 9.4 per game. 
Tretsven had two 20-plus rebound 
games, including a 20 point-20 board 
outing against UW-River Falls. 

Cyndi Cox, a freshman from Kewau- 

nee, Wis., led a balanced scoring attack 
with an 11.6 per game average and was 
recognized by many coaches as one of 
the top defensive players in the league. 

The heart and soul of the Blue Devil 
team, though, was Lisa Schultz, a senior 
forward from Watertown, Wis., who 
rounded out her career in fine fashion. 

"This team showed a lot of character, 
desire and dedication," Thomas said. 
"To achieve what everyone said couldn't 
be achieved shows that these young 
ladies arenot only talented, butalso that 
they have the mental strength to over- 
come adversity." 

The Blue Devils finished the year 
with a 19-11 overall record, and a 9-7 
mark in the WWIAC to tie for fourth. 

Thomas earned NAIA District 14 
coach of the year honors. 


Steve Smith,of Franklin, Wis., was once 
again Stout's top wrestler, winning the 
WSUC 177-pound weight class title and 
going on to earn All-American honors 
at the NAIA national tournament de- 
spite a shoulder injury. 

Corey McCauley, of Hillsboro, Wis., 
placed third in the WSUC, was eighth at 

the national meet, and was an All- 
America selection in the 158-pound 
weight class. Steve Mlsna, of Chippewa 
Falls, Wis., was the WSUC silver medal- 
ist at 142 pounds and was an NAIA 
national qualifier. 

Coach Bob Thomas' Blue Devils fin- 
ished fourth in the WSUC tourney. 

Men's Basketball 

Coach John Muraski's Blue Devil men 
showed flashes of brilliance interspersed 
with displays of youthful inexperience. 
Led by Troy Hamilton, a senior guard 
from Paris, Ky., the Blue Devils pieced 
together an 11-15 regular season record, 
including a 4-12 slate in WSUC play. 
They also earned a spot in the NAIA 
District 14 playoffs. 

The early season schedule included 
matchups with NAIA top-ten rankers 
UW-Eau Claire and Minnesota-Duluth. 

Hamilton led the team in scoring, 
averaging almost 16 points an outing 
despite midseason knee trouble. 

Commenting on the season, Muraski 
said "This was a character-building year 
for our young players. We had some 
really high highs and some pretty low 
lows, but that's going to happen when 
you have two or three freshmen in start- 
ing roles. With a solid base of returning 
players, I think we are definitely on the 
right track for next season." 


Coach John Zuerlein's gymnasts en- 
dured a rough and tumble season, cul- 
minating in a sixth-place finish at the 
WWIAC championships. The Blue 
Devils were hampered all year by inju- 
ries and illness. Mary Feess, a sopho- 
more from Brooklyn Park, Minn., placed 
ninth in the vault for UW-Stout's high- 
est individual finish at the league meet. 
"We were unfortunate to have so 
many health problems," Zuerlein said. 
"It was a long season, but some of our 
younger people showed potential for 
nextyear,so I can't be too disappointed. 
Gymnastics is a sport based on sys- 
tematic development, so you can't ex- 
pect miracles from freshmen and 


Coach Scott Bay's men's and women's 
swimming teams captured fifth place 
finishes in WSUC and WWIAC cham- 
pionships held at UW-Stout. 

Dani Runge, a junior from Wind Lake, 
Wis., led the women with a second- 
place finish in the 200-yard backstroke 
in2:19.27, and a third place in the 100- 
yard backstroke in 1:05.26. 

Brad Smith, a freshman from White 
Bear Lake, Minn., paced the men with a 
fifth-place finish in the 200-yard indi- 
vidual medley with a time of 2:02.27. 
The Blue Devils also placed third in the 
800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 

Eleven swimmers qualified for na- 
tional tournament competition. Results 
were unavailable at press time. 


Spring 1991 • Stout Magazine 

UW System approves 

UW-Stout has received approval from 
UW System Administration toestablish 
the Stout Technology Transfer Institute, 
a move that is expected to make an 
important contribution to the state's 
economic development, according to 
Larry Schneider, who is heading the 

Schneider said said the institute will 
serve as a single contact point for people 
and organizations using six UW-Stout 
centers: The Center for Innovation and 
Development; TheCenter for Vocational, 
Technical and Adult Education; Loss 
Control Center; Manufacturing Tech- 
nology Transfer Program; Packaging 
Research and Development Center; and 
The Stout Technology Park. 

Schneider explained that these cen- 
ters were established to extend the 
technical resources of UW-Stout's fac- 
ulty, students and lab facilities to indi- 
viduals and industries as a way of em- 
phasizing UW-Stout's applications- 
oriented approach to instruction. "In 
the past, each center operated in its own 

Stout Technology Transfer Institute 

special orbit, relatively isolated from 
the others and often uncelebrated de- 
spite their success," Schneidersaid. "The 
Stout Technology Transfer Institute has 
been established to maximize the impact 
of the centers, to unify them under one 
umbrella and present a collective front 
to the public." 

He added that this approach will 
enhance the public's awareness of ser- 
vices available through UW-Stout and 
will provide a single point of initial 
contact so thatapplicationsforassistance 
can be evaluated, processed and chan- 
neled to the appropriate center, 

Schneider also said the institute will 
serve as a mechanism to work with UW 
SystemAdministration and will provide 
support services to the centers, such as 
assistance with proposal, contract and 
report preparation. 

"The collective goal of STTI and the 
center's is to promote Wisconsin's eco- 
nomic development through instruc- 
tion, public service and applied re- 
search," Schneider said. "As a univer- 

sity, Stout's main objective is to teach. 
Center activities foster this primary 
objective in ways that are extremely 
relevant to Stout's applications-orien- 

Schneider said that projects under- 
taken by the centers provide field ex- 
perience for students, generate oppor- 
tunities for faculty to grow within their 
disciplines and enhance teaching 
through faculty involvement with "real 
world" problems. 

"In addition, the success of a program 
of the caliber of STTI will bring Stout 
increased visibility within the state and 
thenation," Schneidersaid. "Their track 
records show Stout's centers are doing 
an excellent job of furthering the 
university's mission and goals while 
helping business and industrial clients 
solve technical problems. The reorga- 
nization under STTI should ensure the 
continued growth of Stout's reputation 
as an institution on target with the needs 
and goals of industry." 

MTT program 
garners award 

The Manufacturing Technology Trans- 
fer Program at UW-Stout has received a 
Wisconsin Economic Development As- 
sociationlnc. award. Chancellor Charles 
W Sorensen accepted the award. The 
MTT assesses manufacturing opera- 
tions, technologies and training needs 
of client companies, and provides edu- 
cational and technical services to help 
clients improve productivity. The pro- 
gram also assists firms with long-term 
economic development planning. 

"The MTThelps small- and medium- 
sized companies use technology to be- 
come more competitive in the global 
marketplace," said Robert N. Trunzo, 
secretary of the Department of Devel- 
opment. "By working to revitalize our 
state's existing companies, this program 
has been a major stimulus for economic 

"The MTT's effective public-private 
partnerships have earned our recogni- 
tion," said Rob Lamb, president of 

The Good Old Days. 
A Perfect Keepsake. 

In observance of its centennial, UW-Stout is publishing 
a set of three books on the history of the institution and 
the life of its founder, James, Huff Stout. 

"James Huff Stout: Makerof Models" isanin-depth 
biography of the founder of the school. Author Dwight 
Agnew, professor emeritus, compiled bits and pieces of 
information about Senator Stout from newspapers, of- 
ficial documents, a handful of acquaintances and other 
local sources. The book examines Stout's various civic 
interests: improving rural life, service in politics and 
business, and education. 

"Reminiscences: An Anthology of Oral History." 
These recollections by a group of favorite, long-time 
univeristy staff members grew out of a speakers series. 
The work was edited by Dan Riordan, a UW-Stout 
English professor. 

"Interpreting The Dream: A Stout History," traces 
the development of the institution from its founding in 
1891 to today, through the actions and philosophies of 
its founder, presidents and chancellors. Through text, 
photographs and a chronology, the book recounts James 
Stout's gift of a building, equipment and staff to provide 
manual training for secondary school students, and 
how that school grew into UW-Stout. 

Offered as an attractive boxed set titled "Adventures 
in Innovation -The First 100 Years," the books provide 
a concise history of the founding and development of 
UW-Stout. A keepsake. Don't miss it. 


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Meeting New Challenges 

By Charles W. Sorensen, Chancellor 

Challenge is nothing new to higher edu- 
cation with each era bringing in its own 
set of issues to identify,, review and re- 
solve. In the 1950s, colleges and universi- 
ties scrambled to accommodate the wave 
of new students generated by the GI Bill. 
In the 1960s, campus turmoil matched 
additional dramatic growth as the first 
group of baby-boom students started to 
enroll on our campuses. In the 1970s, 
higher education went through an en- 
trenchment period where funds no longer 
automatically fol- 

lowed enrollment 
growth. However, it 
is clear that the 1 990s 
will probably be re- 
membered as the 
most challenging 

For example, 
there is likely to be 
some public resis- 
tance to additional 
tuition increases, a 
necessary evil 
needed to preserve 
educational quality. 

We can expect to see a growing demand 
for accountability in higher education as 
people ask about the return on their in- 
vestment of tuition and tax dollars. The 
need to achieve and maintain competi- 
tive faculty salaries will be on the mind of 
those administrators committed to de- 
livering the best educational services. In 
an era of rapidly advancing technology, 
laboratory facilities will be falling into 
obsolescence at a much more rapid rate. 
And we must recognize that recent shifts 
in financial aid from grants to loans is 
causing many students to complete their 
education with a substantial debt bur- 

While there are no easy answers to 
many of these issues, I want to assure you 
that UW-Stout is in an excellent position 
to deal with the matters at hand. Al- 
though we have been controlling enroll- 
ment for a number of years, UW-Stout, 
with its specialized majors, continues to 
be popular among prospective students. 

Although we have been 










Our placement rate, even during tough 
economic periods, is one of the most 
envied of any institution of higher edu- 
cation in this country. We have an excel- 
lent relationship with business and in- 
dustry, and the involvement of our fac- 
ulty members working with the private 
sector has helpedkeep them currentwith 
changing trends. We have even done 
fairly well in obtaining new and remod- 
eled state-supported facilities which we 
have been able to justify on the basis of 
our changing pro- 
gram needs. 

Having said 
this, I must add that 
our many accom- 
plishments would 
not be possible 
without rigorous 
support from our 
friends and advo- 
cates within and 
outside the univer- 
sity. Those of you 
who have helped us 
move forward will 
be even more im- 
portant to us in the era we are now enter- 
ing. Let me assure you that we need your 
continuing help as we move forward 
into the 21st century. Keep sending the 
best students you know. If you are a 
resident of Wisconsin, encourage legisla- 
tive support of UW-Stout and the UW 
System and regardless of where you live 
in the United States, let your congres- 
sional representatives know that higher 
education is an important national issue. 
Remind yourself and others that private 
financial assistance will continue to be an 
important factor in preserving educa- 
tional excellence. Talk to your friends 
and employers about the considerable 
value of having a degree from UW-Stout. 
And share with us your advice in how 
we can make this an even better institu- 

Exciting times he ahead for our uni- 
versity, and we want all of you to continue 
to be a part of that excitement. 

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